Coach Bio

Eric Bieniemy
Running Backs

Biography

Eric Bieniemy enters his fourth season as the Kansas City Chiefs running backs coach. Under Bieniemy's tutelage in 2015, the running back group did not falter following a season-ending knee injury to star running back Jamaal Charles in Week Five of the season. Running backs Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware stepped in and contributed 10 rushing touchdowns on the season. 

RB Jamaal Charles has proven to be one of the biggest weapons in the NFL in both rushing and receiving since the arrival of Bieniemy in 2013. In 2014, Charles recorded 1,000 yards for the fifth time in his career. He also registered five receiving touchdowns and nine rushing. Charles became the all-time leading rusher in franchise history and finished the year with 6,856 career rushing yards. His 5.5 yards per carry average is also the best in Chiefs history. In 2013 under Bieniemy, Charles led the NFL in touchdowns (19) and first downs (104) and ranked second in yards from scrimmage (1,980 yards). He recorded the most receiving yards by a running back in Chiefs history and led the AFC in rushing (1,287 yards). Charles’ 38 touchdowns since Bieniemy’s arrival in 2013 are the most in the NFL of any player over that span despite being place on IR in Week 5 of the 2015 season.

Prior to returning to the NFL coaching ranks in 2013, Bieniemy spent two seasons (2011-12) at his alma mater Colorado after coaching the running backs for five seasons with the Minnesota Vikings (2006-10). While with the Vikings, he oversaw one of the most productive rushing units in the NFL. In those five seasons, the Vikings produced a 1,000-yard rusher each year while his stable of running backs broke the 100-yard mark 31 times in 80 regular season games.

In 2006, he coached Chester Taylor, who rushed for 1,216 yards; the next season, Taylor combined with Adrian Peterson to form one of the most dynamic duos in the NFL, as the two combined for 2,185 yards (1,341 by Peterson, who was All-Pro as a rookie). That season the Vikings led the NFL in rushing with 2,634 yards and set franchise marks of 5.3 yards per carry and 22 rushing touchdowns.

Peterson set a then-Vikings record with 1,760 yards in 2008, earning the Bert Bell Award as the Pro Football Player of the Year and was a runner-up in the Associated Press Offensive Player of the Year voting. Overall, Peterson totaled 5,782 rushing yards and 52 touchdowns in four seasons under Bieniemy’s guidance.

Bieniemy made the move to the professional ranks after three seasons as the running backs coach at UCLA (2003-05).

While at UCLA, Bieniemy tutored former NFL RB Maurice Jones-Drew for three seasons. Jones-Drew earned Freshman All-America honors in 2003, rushed for 1,007 yards in 2004 and was a consensus All-America selection as a kick returner in 2005, when he averaged 28.5 yards per punt return, a school record and one of the top figures ever recorded nationally.

Bieniemy returned to Colorado in 2000 after his nine-year NFL career and got his first taste of coaching as an assistant at Thomas Jefferson High in Denver that fall.

In 2001, his first season as a running backs coach, Colorado ranked eighth in the nation in rushing. In 2002, the Buffs ranked sixth in the nation in rushing, and were first again with yards out of the running back positions.

He was a second-round draft pick of the San Diego Chargers in the 1991 NFL Draft (39th overall). He enjoyed a nine-year pro career with three teams: San Diego (1991-94), Cincinnati (1995-98) and Philadelphia (1999), where he played for Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid. In 142 career NFL games, he rushed for 1,589 yards and 11 touchdowns while catching 146 passes for 1,223 yards. His final year with the Chargers, he played in Super Bowl XXIX.

He lettered in football and track at Bishop Amat High School in La Puente, Calif., earning second-team All-America honors in football as a senior when he rushed for 2,002 yards and 30 touchdowns.

Education: ­Colorado (B.A. 2001). Born: New Orleans, La. Family: Wife - Mia; Children - Eric III and Elijah.

Eric Bieniemy enters his fourth season as the Kansas City Chiefs running backs coach. Under Bieniemy's tutelage in 2015, the running back group did not falter following a season-ending knee injury to star running back Jamaal Charles in Week Five of the season. Running backs Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware stepped in and contributed 10 rushing touchdowns on the season. 

RB Jamaal Charles has proven to be one of the biggest weapons in the NFL in both rushing and receiving since the arrival of Bieniemy in 2013. In 2014, Charles recorded 1,000 yards for the fifth time in his career. He also registered five receiving touchdowns and nine rushing. Charles became the all-time leading rusher in franchise history and finished the year with 6,856 career rushing yards. His 5.5 yards per carry average is also the best in Chiefs history. In 2013 under Bieniemy, Charles led the NFL in touchdowns (19) and first downs (104) and ranked second in yards from scrimmage (1,980 yards). He recorded the most receiving yards by a running back in Chiefs history and led the AFC in rushing (1,287 yards). Charles’ 38 touchdowns since Bieniemy’s arrival in 2013 are the most in the NFL of any player over that span despite being place on IR in Week 5 of the 2015 season.

Prior to returning to the NFL coaching ranks in 2013, Bieniemy spent two seasons (2011-12) at his alma mater Colorado after coaching the running backs for five seasons with the Minnesota Vikings (2006-10). While with the Vikings, he oversaw one of the most productive rushing units in the NFL. In those five seasons, the Vikings produced a 1,000-yard rusher each year while his stable of running backs broke the 100-yard mark 31 times in 80 regular season games.

In 2006, he coached Chester Taylor, who rushed for 1,216 yards; the next season, Taylor combined with Adrian Peterson to form one of the most dynamic duos in the NFL, as the two combined for 2,185 yards (1,341 by Peterson, who was All-Pro as a rookie). That season the Vikings led the NFL in rushing with 2,634 yards and set franchise marks of 5.3 yards per carry and 22 rushing touchdowns.

Peterson set a then-Vikings record with 1,760 yards in 2008, earning the Bert Bell Award as the Pro Football Player of the Year and was a runner-up in the Associated Press Offensive Player of the Year voting. Overall, Peterson totaled 5,782 rushing yards and 52 touchdowns in four seasons under Bieniemy’s guidance.

Bieniemy made the move to the professional ranks after three seasons as the running backs coach at UCLA (2003-05).

While at UCLA, Bieniemy tutored former NFL RB Maurice Jones-Drew for three seasons. Jones-Drew earned Freshman All-America honors in 2003, rushed for 1,007 yards in 2004 and was a consensus All-America selection as a kick returner in 2005, when he averaged 28.5 yards per punt return, a school record and one of the top figures ever recorded nationally.

Bieniemy returned to Colorado in 2000 after his nine-year NFL career and got his first taste of coaching as an assistant at Thomas Jefferson High in Denver that fall.

In 2001, his first season as a running backs coach, Colorado ranked eighth in the nation in rushing. In 2002, the Buffs ranked sixth in the nation in rushing, and were first again with yards out of the running back positions.

He was a second-round draft pick of the San Diego Chargers in the 1991 NFL Draft (39th overall). He enjoyed a nine-year pro career with three teams: San Diego (1991-94), Cincinnati (1995-98) and Philadelphia (1999), where he played for Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid. In 142 career NFL games, he rushed for 1,589 yards and 11 touchdowns while catching 146 passes for 1,223 yards. His final year with the Chargers, he played in Super Bowl XXIX.

He lettered in football and track at Bishop Amat High School in La Puente, Calif., earning second-team All-America honors in football as a senior when he rushed for 2,002 yards and 30 touchdowns.

Education: ­Colorado (B.A. 2001). Born: New Orleans, La. Family: Wife - Mia; Children - Eric III and Elijah.